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Love Sonnet (After Neruda)

I do not love you as if you were made of the finest gold
This world has to offer or because your smile can start †
A fire. I love you as the darkness desires light and cold †
Touches crave warmth. There is something your heart †
Always wants; to always be loved in all the right ways †
And places without fear of being broken or delicate. †
I wish to love the deepest parts of you, not for days †
You spent in the summer, but when you felt desolate, †
Alone and everyone ignored you when you needed †
Love. That is when I will prove you and them wrong †
Because I never let your tears or voice go unheeded. †
I know only of one way to love you with no ping-pong †
Battle. What I want ends with your head against my †
Chest as you sleep and dream, my hand on your thigh. †
Author's Note
Submitted for The Saddest Lines Written competition and inspired by Pablo Neruda's "Sonnet XVII"
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